Photo: Greg Lasley/Vireo

Blue Bunting

Cyanocompsa parellina

In dense thickets and woodland edges of Mexico and northern Central America, this dark bunting is fairly common. In our area it is a rare and irregular visitor to far southern Texas, mostly occurring in winter. It has very rarely strayed farther up the Texas coast, once reaching Louisiana.
Family Cardinals
In dense thickets and woodland edges of Mexico and northern Central America, this dark bunting is fairly common. In our area it is a rare and irregular visitor to far southern Texas, mostly occurring in winter. It has very rarely strayed farther up the Texas coast, once reaching Louisiana.
Photo Gallery
  • adult male
  • adult female



Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
Lives of North American Birds

Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Songs and Calls
Call note a hard click or chink. Song a variable warble, sweet but slightly melancholy, swee slee lee.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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